Local Leaders Applaud Launch of National Alzheimer's Plan

May 15, 2012

The Obama administration Tuesday announced a groundbreaking national strategy in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement of a National Alzheimer's Plan that calls for better treatments by 2025 while helping suffering families today.

"Once we are all pushing in the same direction - the end of Alzheimer's by 2025 - we know that we can be a huge part of the solution, if not the actual solution itself," said Sue Friedman, President and CEO of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Affected families and caregivers will have a new one-stop website - alzheimers.gov - for easy-to-understand information. The National Institutes of Health is giving the green light to some major new studies of possible therapies, including a form of insulin that's squirted into the nose.

"It is a stake in the ground, if you will. It is a huge statement that this is an epidemic, and that this country will address being part of the solution in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," Friedman said, applauding the national initiative.

Plus, an additional $50 million dollars for the National Institutes of Health to spend on research.

More than 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's or a related disease. Without breakthroughs in research, that number could jump to 16 million by 2050.

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